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5. Stranj(ers)



Bachelor of Architecture Thesis
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Fall 2014-Spring 2015



Manifesto


We live in a society of rapid movement. Our primary interactions with our environment is solely to get to a destination. Most of the time, we engage in automatic activities that we know so well, we do not have to think about them. We always choose the easy and the familiar way for getting to places. We hide in our single passenger cars, behind our phone screens, and in the comfort of our headphones.

In the world that everything is designed to move people quickly through space, there is great value in one that does the reverse. One that through its presence, slows down movement and by doing so, increases social, environmental, and ultimately personal awareness. Awareness is crucial in this context because it shows a lack of force, a choice. By increasing the awareness of our surroundings and by creating moments of freedom, pause and engagement, architecture can open new possibilities for those who wish to engage.


Stanj(ers)


global network of ever-expanding urban interventions
:: seems alien while being familiar through its personification
:: grows into its context and adapts while remaining partially ambiguous
:: does not identify with a familiar typology thus allowing the user to re-appropriate it based on their needs
:: is formally non-contextual and is meant to constantly change over time and blend with its environment
:: plans for the changes and celebrates the traditionally non-acceptable environmental and social impacts of its context
__bird poop. smog. noise. decay.
:: does not meet traditional expectations of space based on a given program and improves the quality of life rather than satisfying immediate needs
__ad hoc.
:: is adaptable and changable on a contextual and user basis
__material. responsive. movable.
:: is temporarily and permanently occupiable
__temporality influenced by context. permanence by the network.
:: is democraticly owned with a non-site-based value through the entire network, making exchange of spaces easier
:: introduces complexity to spaces and layers through rapid cultural exchange
:: slows down movement
:: increases environmental, social, and personal awareness by amplifying simple gestures of every day life



Mark